The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) unlocks federal government grants, loans, work-study money, and more. It almost seems too good to be true, but it's the real deal—and it's really free.
Start your FAFSA on October 1
Filing your FAFSA on time puts you into the race for money to help you through school. But submitting it early gives you an edge over other students. Don't wait until the last minute; do it early. And if someone tells you that it's hard to complete your FAFSA, don't believe them. Thanks to automatic financial form imports directly from the IRS, the time to finish your FAFSA gets shorter every year.